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keep something from (someone)
To prevent someone from learning or finding out something; to keep something a secret from someone. I was going to find out you'd spent the money eventually, so I don't understand why you tried to keep it from me. I get the feeling you're not telling me everything. What are you keeping from me?
keep someone from someone or something
to hold someone away from someone or something; to prevent someone from getting at someone or something. You must keep the child from her mother until the mother is infection-free. It is hard to keep a child from the playground, even a sick child. I could hardly keep myself from the dessert table.
keep something from someone
not to tell something to someone. Why did you keep the news from me? I needed to know. This matter shouldn't have been kept from me.
keep from something
to avoid doing something; to refrain from doing something. How could I keep from crying? It was so sad! Try to keep from falling off the ladder.
1. Withhold; also, prevent. For example, What information are you keeping from me? or Please keep your dog from running through our garden. [c. 1340]
2. Restrain oneself, hold oneself back, as in I can hardly keep from laughing. [c. 1340]
1. To prevent someone or something from doing something: The tape is there to keep the pages from falling apart. This constant noise is keeping me from my work.
2. To refrain from doing something: I couldn't keep from having a little snack before dinner.
3. To prevent some information from becoming known by someone or something: They kept the news of the accident from the newspapers.